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The Freeport Baldwin Leader. (Freeport, N.Y.) 1987-current, November 23, 1989, Image 16

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o £ Ok eo Ok ec u CQ 5 tu > o z ‘ by Maurice Forge Since every Ameriom euc- «et» etory can be entUUd *immigranU make it here,” the c a ^ of the Scalamandre family it both typical and ouUtandins. Like everybody else here, the- Scalamandree are The Scalamandre success story deecendanU of immigrants, people who populated this ^ e w World* either by find­ ing their way here across the froxen waters and lands of tl^e Aleutians about thirty thousand years ago or sailed over the Atlantic Ocean in the past five hundred >vsrs. Following in the wake of Columbus* tiny fleet, the Mayflower, and whatever SCALAMANDRE BROTHERS, Joseph end Fred, are among Freeport’s foremost erttrepreneurs.. boat the lUynors sailed to get here, waa Peter Scalaman­ dre, a lone adventurer from Scalnti in Italy*e Calafa|ria province who was drawn here along with other millions in search of fame, fortune and mere survival. After a brief trial residence on Long Island Peter reviat- ed his native Calabria, mar­ ried Bettina Pagnata. and the couple settled permanently in Free port. Their children. Fred, Joseph and Rosemary were born and raised here and were educated in the Freeport public schools. They express Aeir eternal grati­ tude to their parents for mar­ rying each other and for their fortxinate choice of abode and occupation. Like many of his fellow Col- abrians^ Peter became a laborer in the primitive con­ struction trade of that day. Ho soon ventured into his own business of building foundations, patios chimneys driveways and sidewalks. The cement sidewalk he YOU BELIEVE installed in front of this writ­ er's cottags a t that time on Miller Avenue is etni there. WKile growing up in the Long Island environment, the second generation Seal am an- dres retained their parents' cxiltxire and traditions along with their industry and skills. Joseph joined his father os soon as he finished Freeport High and Fred came aboard in the 1950s after serving in the U.S. Army. Ibe two sons kept close to their father’s business from childhood and when Peter’s failing health kept him away from active participation most of the time, Joseph and Fred gradually took owr. Fred Scaloraandre is now president and Joseph - • Scalamandre executive vice- president of six flourishing enterprises housed In the handsome large *S* building at 175 Albany Avenue in Freepor^s industrial park on the peninsula washed by Freeport Creek, Merrick River and the Etty. WISHES? the grand opening of... 0« h»ndp»W^ tevtb****^ uriRW rtdWWf* u p o n a w i s h the unique new children’s invites you to go beyond the ordinary your children's gift-gifting wishes a dream ' t i^ a w l s l l features the ultimate in ^^dfetihet, custoinize gifts that personalize all those ‘^ fiped^ moments of diildhood & makes them more meaningful. t. • once upon a & dilidren that express yoturifcd^ joy & love. iri-. :>-k- ChanuV^ G ifts MiWinQ oaftV 111' 1 “ • f'. ' upotv unique chOdren's gills 21 5 1 M errick Road, M e n lck ; - I ** * V v * ■ * . bt-t- : -w;' • ♦ * 9 ^ * ♦ W » < ^ 4 4 • Under the aegU of the orig­ inal finn of Pster Scalaman­ dre and Sons, the business now includes divisions that build roods, bridges and elec­ tric and garbage disposal plants, general contracting, public works, private devel­ opment, supplier of concrete, asphalt production, and heavy equipment rental for their own use and other con­ struction people. From the manual craft of their father in the 1920s, the sons have created one of the meet mod­ em construction facilities, employing engineers, special­ ists and workers in all relat­ ed trades numbering about 500, that use the sounds and enduring modem technolo­ gies and methods. Ihey face the 21st century with confi- dsR ^ ' ^i^p tesen t they are per­ forming a $69 million con­ tract at the juncture of Korthem State and Meadow- brook parkways, the largest in the history of Long Island, where they are adding bridges, roads and accesses. They already have to their c r e ^ t the design and con­ struction of the Jaxnaica Sav­ ings Bank in Lynbrook, the Ford Building a t the New York World's Pair, the redesign and replacement of all curbs in I^avittown, Roo­ sevelt Field parking facility, Hempstead Resources Recov­ ery Plant, Stony Brook Uni­ versity's Health Sdenee Cen­ ter, ^eep o rt's Recreation Center and others. Joseph and Fred have been jdned in the buslnese by two sons and oire daughter from among tihe third geireratioa of Scalamandrts. They are Preeporters in the thick of local affairs, active in the Chamber of Commerce, where both Fred and Joseph have been honored with 'M an of the Year* awards, the local Sons of Italy lodge which has given them numerous awards for their generous support,' S l Roceo Society, Nassau County CdumUan Asaoda- tion, and the Dante Sodety which provides echolorthips for woi^y students. Ihe S^am andres share their earned American bounty with their communi­ ty- *■ i 4 W • a ^ 9 « * 9 4 * « « W ' V

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